Porto Colom

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A taste of peaceful, relaxing Majorcan holidays, Porto Colom is a small unspoilt resort with just enough facilities for a stress free break, away from the tourist hordes.

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The village of Porto Colom is situated on the southern part of Majorca's east coast, within the district of Felanitx. At around 70km (about 44 miles) from the airport, this is one of the longest transfers on the island and the journey can take anything up to two hours.

Porto Colom is a small and relatively unspoilt resort - this is a traditional fishing village in common with many of Majorca's resorts, yet it has retained its original charm better than most, and has resisted aggressive development. As a result, Porto Colom is a pretty, simple resort, offering a peaceful setting for relaxed family holidays, with a distinctly Spanish flavour.

The village is set around a large harbour where you will still see a number of working fishing boats alongside the luxury yachts and speedboats. There are a few shops and bars around the marina area, so it's a good place to sit with a drink and watch the world go quietly by.

There are several beaches in the area. At Porto Colom, Cala Marcal is a blue flag beach that is very pretty, with soft sands that shelve gently into the sea which is warm and clear, and very safe for children and toddlers. There are plenty of sunloungers and parasols for hire. Around Cala Marcal beach, you will see a handful of shops selling holiday essentials, beachwear and souvenirs, plus supermarkets for all your essentials.

There are also two smaller beaches near the harbour, S'Arenal Grand and S'Arenal Petit . If you have access to a car, there are also good beaches within a few miles - S' Algar to the north, and Cala Sa Nau & Cala Ferrera , which is on the way to Cala d'Or, to the south.

There are plenty of cafes, bars, and lovely restaurants in Porto Colom, including many around the harbour area, so you will have plenty of options for dining out. As with most of Majorca, you will find some amazing seafood restaurants serving catch of the day.

As far as tourist attractions go, the beach is the main draw here. Seclusion and quiet relaxation are the order of the day - kick back, soak up the sun, eat, drink and chill out.

Take a cliffside walk for amazing views of the bay, or a glass-bottomed boat trip.

There is a street market held every Tuesday and Saturday morning, be sure to get there early to grab a bargain. If history is your thing, you may be interested to know that Porto Colom is home to some of Majorca's oldest cultural sights - there is evidence of human life here dating as far back as 2000BC, and there is also an important prehistoric burial site (Naveta).

Visit Porto Colom in mid-July and you can experience the festival known as La Verge del Carme - the feast of the patroness of fisherfolk. This fiesta is celebrated with gusto and includes a celebratory dinner held on the beach.

Holiday accommodation in Porto Colom ranges from self catering apartments to four star hotels and private villas, so whatever your preference for accommodation, you will find something to suit your requirements. Porto Colom never gets overcroweded, and is a lovely place to enjoy a peaceful, chilled out holiday as a couple or family, away from the hustle, bustle and noise of the major resorts.

“Visit Porto Colom for an enchanting getaway on Majorca's eastern coast, with sandy beach, harbour and a place in ancient Mallorcan history. A relaxing destination.”

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